Tasman Glacier

A week in the Wilderness.

 Approach to Hochester Dome.

Approach to Hochester Dome.

 Tasman Saddle Hut in all it's Glory.

Tasman Saddle Hut in all it's Glory.

 3 day storm

3 day storm

 Happy and content

Happy and content

 Digging quality steps is a super important safety procedure as the Hut sits on a 300m cliff.

Digging quality steps is a super important safety procedure as the Hut sits on a 300m cliff.

 Climbing back up to Starvation Saddle after a quick explore on the Mannering Glacier.

Climbing back up to Starvation Saddle after a quick explore on the Mannering Glacier.

Mount Aspiring.

A last minute strike mission into the Southern Alps to climb and ski the iconic peak.

It was a multi day saga, but we struck it hot and got home at 4am on Monday morning, chalking it up as a huge success of a weekend. 

Here's a quick little taste..

 The sunset we got on our way out over the col.

The sunset we got on our way out over the col.

 Biking in the glaciated valley with the big packs

Biking in the glaciated valley with the big packs

 The long trek up the forest and high country.

The long trek up the forest and high country.

 Crevasse walls make for good booters. 

Crevasse walls make for good booters. 

 Poking around the summit.

Poking around the summit.

 A little section on the NW ridge.

A little section on the NW ridge.

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Brewster Hut mission.

The conditions haven't been ideal for skiing lately so we decided to use a small weather window and get into the Southern Alps.

 Travelling light.

Travelling light.

 The grunt straight up.

The grunt straight up.

 The stunning NZ beech forest around you makes it hard to keep your eyes in front of you and concentrate on the climb.

The stunning NZ beech forest around you makes it hard to keep your eyes in front of you and concentrate on the climb.

 Out of the bush line and into the beautiful high country.

Out of the bush line and into the beautiful high country.

 No fall zones along the edgy ridges.

No fall zones along the edgy ridges.

  No light pollution from towns and cities up here.

No light pollution from towns and cities up here.

A trip into Mt Cook National Park

 Mount Sefton catching the early morning light.

Mount Sefton catching the early morning light.

I was lucky enough to get asked on the annual Mt Aspiring College mountaineering and climbing trip as an third instructor.

Cook National Park is special because it holds New Zealands highest mountain (Aoraki/Mount Cook) which sits at 3724m in the heart of the Southern Alps.

 Quite possibly the coolest picnic table on the planet.

Quite possibly the coolest picnic table on the planet.

The track climbs straight up from the valley floor near Mt Cook Village, one popular stop on the grunt up is; the Sealy Tarns, which are a little group of key hole lakes, and right next to them is the epic picnic table above.

 The backdrops speak for themselves...

The backdrops speak for themselves...

We headed up to the infamous Mueller Hut; one of New Zealands many spectacular alpine huts.

 Loo with a view.

Loo with a view.

Mueller sits on a really cool plateau with a breathtaking surrounding amphitheater.

 Ice falls and avalanches off Sefton are a common occurrence right from the deck of the hut.

Ice falls and avalanches off Sefton are a common occurrence right from the deck of the hut.

The crashes and booms the ice falls make are echoed right around you. If you can quickly catch one before the sound waves hit you then you are in for a treat.

It was crampons and ice axes from the bottom of the track after the storms.

 Looking down the Hooker valley. Note the significant wall of lateral moraine from where the Mueller Glacier used to be!

Looking down the Hooker valley. Note the significant wall of lateral moraine from where the Mueller Glacier used to be!

The next day we wanted to get some time on the rock...

 The next day we headed for the rock and had an absolutely rad climbing session.

The next day we headed for the rock and had an absolutely rad climbing session.

Due to the dry weather and south facing rock walls the possiblities were endless. We were climbing in T shirts with snow all around us.

 Danger Dave in his element.

Danger Dave in his element.

We had just packed up the vans and started heading home as the weather came in. It ended up being a super successful trip, and we were peaking to tick off what we were able to do in the window we had!

My 18th birthday

 This was the view I was greeted with as I summited the first hill.

This was the view I was greeted with as I summited the first hill.

I woke early, ground up a wild mixture of fruits and vegetables and took my classic smoothie to-go.

I grabbed the kit and headed out for an early morning fly fish (I can't tell you the spot exactly ;) I had an amazing morning out in the river surrounded by some of Wanaka's best scenery. 

It was super special for me to go for a ski tour right out the backyard, and could only do so because of two early storms that left low snow cover, and a chance for me to ski for the first time ever on my birthday.

 Looking across the range towards Cardona.

Looking across the range towards Cardona.

 I was super stoked to get one of the amazing Queenstown sunsets from high up on the hill.

I was super stoked to get one of the amazing Queenstown sunsets from high up on the hill.

 Mind skiing lines across the valley.

Mind skiing lines across the valley.

To get a ski tour in the sunset on the low lying hills was something that'll stick with me, I'm sure!